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WorldView-Legion 1, ..., 6

WorldView-Legion [DigitalGlobe]

MDA's daughter company DigitalGlobe announced in early 2017 to build a next generation constellation of earth observation satellites called WorldView-Legion to superceede the aging WorldView 1 and WorldView 2 satellites.

The satellites in this constellation shall be able to revisit some locations on Earth up to 40 times in a day.

The satellites will be built by SS/Loral, another daughter company of MDA, which will result in significant savings. The imager is built by Raytheon.

Six spacecraft of the WorldView-Legion constellation are planned to be on orbit in 2020/21 timeframe in a mix of sun-synchronous and mid-latitude orbits. Digital Globe may chose to build a further satellite as a back-up.

The initial constellation is to be orbited in 2021 on two Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) rockets, with two satellites going to polar orbits and four to 45 orbits.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: DigitalGlobe → Maxar
Contractors: Maxar Technologies (formerly Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)) (prime); Raytheon (imager)
Equipment:
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Propulsion: ?
Power: Solar arrays, batteries
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Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
WorldView-Legion 1 - 2022 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with WorldView-Legion 2
WorldView-Legion 2 - 2022 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with WorldView-Legion 1
WorldView-Legion 3 - 2022 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with WorldView-Legion 4, WorldView-Legion 5, WorldView-Legion 6
WorldView-Legion 4 - 2022 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with WorldView-Legion 3, WorldView-Legion 5, WorldView-Legion 6
WorldView-Legion 5 - 2022 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with WorldView-Legion 3, WorldView-Legion 4, WorldView-Legion 6
WorldView-Legion 6 - 2022 CC Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with WorldView-Legion 3, WorldView-Legion 4, WorldView-Legion 5